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john mccain was having in 2007, oh, a big yawn from harry reid in 2010, and from vice president biden, perhaps a moment of meditation. but so much sitting and standing and clapping, easy to see why he might have a timing issue. >> less than 1%. >> there's the air boxing fist pump. >> that dream is why a working class kid from scranton can sit behind me. >> and of course the palms to the sky shrug. >> because nobody messes with joe. >> reporter: we have the constitution to thank for this annual address and even if the state of the union is animated, sleepy or dreamy, according to the president -- >> the state of our union will always be strong. >> reporter: john berman, cnn, washington. >>> did you know that every member of congress can bring a guest to the state of the union? every single one can. ted nugent will be the guest tonight of republican congressman steve stockton, on outspoken proponent of gun rights and former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, she will be in attendance, her husband mark kelly and as the with parents of hadiya pendleton. and tony bennett will be there
york times." he begins with these words. on july 26, 2011, jack lew went to harry read's budget for a session. according to bob woodward's book, they came up with a trigger idea to force a budget deal. what's the idea, reid asked? sequestration, lew said. reid folded himself over with his head between his knees as if he was going to throw up. here's the question. if this is such a horrible idea, sequestration or these forced budget cuts, why did the white house come up with this idea to begin with? >> well, as you remember, wolf, in the summer of 2011, we were facing a situation where the nation was about to default for the first time in its history because republicans were refusing to agree to a balanced approach to a deficit reduction. both sides were looking for a way to craft a deal that would avoid default and a trigger mechanism. sequestration, which is a word that most americans have never heard before, is simply a way of crafting policy that was so onerous that would cause cuts that nobody liked, republicans or democrats, and because of that they would compel the prospec
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